Guthrie Shuts Out Ham Slams as Cookies & Cream Cruise 9-0

21 May
Guthrie pitched a 3-hit shutout, holding the Ham Slams in check for a 9-0 opening day win

Guthrie pitched a 3-hit shutout, holding the Ham Slams in check for a 9-0 opening day win

Guthrie was awarded the Pitch King as best pitcher for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, and he started 2013 where he left off, pitching a gem on the mound as Cookies & Cream topped the Ham Slams 9-0 in the season opener.

Cookies & Cream, comprised of former members of the Fish Sticks and Caucasians, looked like a veteran team in the first game of the 2013 season. The Ham Slams, returning three starters with two rookies, looked rusty out of the gate, particularly at the plate. Morrison, the 2012 Wiffler of the Year, threw out the ceremonial first pitch for EWL Commissioner Joey.

2012 EWL Wiffler of the Year Morrison throws the ceremonial first pitch to his new teammate, EWL Commisioner Joey

2012 EWL Wiffler of the Year Morrison throws the ceremonial first pitch to his new teammate, EWL Commisioner Joey

Guthrie blanked the Ham Slams in the top of the first, and Morrison led off his 2013 season in prime form with a solo homer to put Cookies up 1-0. After holding the Slams hitless in the second, C&C added to their lead in the bottom half of the inning. Joey hit a three-run homer, which was later followed by Dinger hitting a solo shot, and after two innings Cookies & Cream were up 5-0.

Morrison connects on a solo homer in his first at-bat of the 2013 season

Morrison connects on a solo homer in his first at-bat of the 2013 season

Guthrie gave up his first hit in the top of the third, a triple to Anthony, but held the runner and maintained the five-run lead. Cookies & Cream added to their lead in the bottom of the third. Joey hit a solo homer, and Morrison and Guthrie each drove in runs as the score was extended to 8-0.

Cookies & Cream celebrate Dinger's solo homer in the bottom of the second

Cookies & Cream celebrate Dinger’s solo homer in the bottom of the second

After a scoreless top of the fourth, Cookies added their final run in the bottom of the inning, when Vassallo tripled, then scored on a Dinger sacrifice fly.

Anthony of the Ham Slams makes an acrobatic catch in center field

Anthony of the Ham Slams makes an acrobatic catch in center field

With a nine-run lead, Guthrie cruised to the victory, shutting out the Ham Slams and allowing only 3 hits. Cookies & Cream moved to 1-0 on the year, as the Ham Slams fell to 0-1.

W: Guthrie (1-0)
L: Steve (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Joey, Morrison, and Guthrie each went 3 for 5 for Cookies & Cream
– Anthony led the Ham Slams, going 2 for 3 with a single and triple
– Guthrie struck out 3, tying his own single-game record

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